ELEANOR KITZMAN’S CONFIRMATION LOOKING EXCEEDINGLY ROCKY
|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is investing zero political capital in the appointment of her longtime confidant Eleanor Kitzman to the top spot at the state’s largest agency, sources familiar with the nominating process tell FITS.
Meanwhile Palmetto State lawmakers who must vote on Kitzman’s nomination are expressing grave reservations regarding Kitzman’s conduct at her last government post – a spot in former Texas governor Rick Perry‘s cabinet for which she was never confirmed.
Kitzman – who has kept Haley’s secrets and helped raise the governor boatloads of money – was tapped last month last month to replace Catherine Templeton as director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The selection was met with immediate incredulity given Kitzman’s chronic failure to hold down a job.
Now, sources tell FITS the Haley administration had no intention of ever fighting for Kitzman’s nomination – they merely put her name up as “a favor.”
“They are throwing her to the wolves,” a sources familiar with the situation tells FITS. “Some favor.”
Specifically, sources tell FITS Haley has already lined up another candidate in the (increasingly) likely event Kitzman does not receive the State Senate’s approval – which is what happened to her in Texas.
“There’s a plan ‘B,'” one source tells us, adding that the political damage associated with a possible failed confirmation battle “has already been factored in.”
Damn … that’s brutal.
Earlier this week, a Senator forwarded FITS information about Kitzman’s tumultuous Texas history – notably the allegation she deliberately withheld information regarding the profit margins of insurance companies in the Lone Star State (after permitting these companies to impose double-digit rate hikes on consumers).
“The Texas Department of Insurance put off repeated requests by The Dallas Morning News for the information,” the paper reported in mid-2013. “People close to the department said the figures were withheld on orders from Kitzman.”
Wow … no wonder Haley likes Kitzman. They’re both total hypocrites on the issue of transparency in government.
Anyway … Kitzman’s Texas issues have followed her to South Carolina, where she already had her share of problems.
There’s also Kitzman’s ongoing proximity to Haley’s personal life – including details of the governor’s past that continue to linger just below the surface of her national ambitions.
Specifically, Kitzman is one of a handful of people in whom Haley confided after the latter’s sexual affair with FITS founding editor Will Folks drew to a close in mid-2007. In fact, Kitzman was present at the Liberty Taproom in early February 2007 on the night Folks and Haley began their affair.
Would Kitzman be questioned about what she knew under oath? And if so, would she tell the truth?
Drama, drama, drama …
Obviously the big issue facing Kitzman’s nomination isn’t what she did or didn’t see (or do) in dimly lit bars … it’s what’s already on the public record. Which Senators appear ready and willing to use against her.
Can she survive that sort of scrutiny? We’ll find out soon … although it’s clear at this point Haley isn’t doing much to lend her “friend” a hand.
Good. It was an outrageous nomination. No relevant education or experience whatsoever.
Isn’t that what Sanford did…and McMaster is not…
You all live in a world of filthy politics…nothing is surprising.
OMG,at first glance I thought that was a picture of Punxsutawney Phil.
6 more weeks of winter from one, 4 more years of misery from the other.
Those bigazz theeth not good for BJs. Those things cut wood like a chainsaw.
What’s the upside to being Nikki’s best friend? When the going gets tough she’ll throw you away like a bad penny.
how about the $74 per hour she is making right now, the longer this process takes the more she makes –
And why would she necessarily have to leave the present position even if she were not confirmed?
” In fact, Kitzman was present at the Liberty Taproom in early February 2007 on the night Folks and Haley began their affair.”
And I’m thinking a three-some?
Haley is a known liar and hypocrite and liar, just like Kitzman!
The two of them are capable of anything and I would suggest immoral, unethical and illegal. Look at Haley’s lies and actions thus far. When you “lie with dogs “and “birds of a feather”, Kitzman has obviously shown her true colors.
The only one who will be disappointed will be a high ranking Senator from the upstate!
I’ll bet he is shedding tears!
What strikes me Haley looks NOTHING like her much touched up painting, recently unveiled!
Just like Obama, she was able to fool a majority twice, no more, no less.
Buyers remorse should set in very soon!
Her portrait isn’t as touched up as Bobby Jindal’s. In his, he’s a white dude.
It’s been 8-years. 56 in dog years. Nobody cares about the bam-bam-thank-you-mam any more.
You’re saying two pumps and Will was done?
If indeed the Queen of Couch Cover witnessed the tapper, aka sic willie, tapping the tappee, aka Gypsy Queen at the Taproom , then I would understand why the tappee threw the QCC a lifeline by appointing her to head up DHEC
However I see no advantage to the tappee by now throwing the QCC under the bus
Something else is afoot – dig deeper or as they say in the low country bury your face in it until you die or you come up smelling like last weeks tuna
Screw Haley…….Oh, wait a minute….Will,…..Larry,……Michael,…….Clemson students?……Legislators?……Senators?……..? Never mind!
Yeah, and by the looks of this picture, all them fuckin” are beginning to show.
She surely doesn’t weather as good as SARAH!
“they’re throwing her to the wolves…” Please, no self respecting wolf would touch that.
Who, I wonder, is the other candidate?
Probably going to be Jamie Shuster.
Doesn’t she already have a $150k job with DHEC? Why would she put herself through the process only to get turned down unanimously for equal money?
People don’t realize that the Queen has wrecked every agency she oversees through her profound lack of attention, intellect and executive ability. This will take a generation to repair, if not longer. The blame falls on those who gave her the opportunity… twice. But then, dead children cost less to care for than live ones, don’t they…
drama, drama ?????????????? you are a drama queen yourself, Fits
Looks like Haley is backing her now.